Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick will not be ­prosecuted over rape allegations in the US

GOSSIP Girl actor Ed Westwick will not be ­prosecuted over rape allegations in the US.

Four women had accused the 31-year-old Londoner of sexual assault — sparking an investigation in Los Angeles into three of the claims.

Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick will not be ­prosecuted over rape claims in US
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Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick will not be ­prosecuted over rape claims in US[/caption]

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Ed Westwick starred in US hit drama Gossip Girl[/caption]

But in an announcement, prosecutors revealed they had not been able to collect enough evidence to pursue charges.

Two women were said to have provided witne­s­ses to corroborate their accounts. But they were among the cases declined by the prosecution due to insufficient evidence.

Prosecutors declared: “Those witnesses were not able to provide information that would enable the prosecution to prove either incident beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office was unable to contact the third alleged victim.

Prosecutors revealed they had not been able to collect enough evidence to pursue charges
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Prosecutors revealed they had not been able to collect enough evidence to pursue charges[/caption]

Kristina Cohen and Au­relie Wynn both claimed they were raped by Westwick
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Kristina Cohen and Au­relie Wynn both claimed they were raped by Westwick[/caption]

Investigators also revealed other women had made allegations of inappropriate touching against Westwick — but the claims fell outside the statute of limitations.

The first allegations against the actor surfaced last November, following the launch of the #MeToo movement and claims of abuse against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Kristina Cohen and Au­relie Wynn both claimed they were raped by Westwick — Chuck Bass in US drama Gossip Girl — in 2014.

He vehemently den­ied the claims.

The BBC axed him from an Agatha Christie drama and “paused” comedy White Gold following the allegations.



 

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